Student Life Programming Grants

Grant Eligibility

BGLTQ Student Life Programming Grants are offered to support the planning and implementation of specific BGLTQ-centered programming for Harvard undergraduates. Any student group at the College may apply for these awards, but only projects that specifically address BGLTQ student issues will be funded. 

At this time, the Harvard College Office of BGLTQ Student Life does not place caps on funding requests. However, given our limited pool of money, we ask all applicants to be realistic in their funding requests and encourage them to apply to multiple funding entities. It is extremely unlikely that any request of $1,000 will be funded in full. We do not fund requests for alcohol, costs associated with items sold as fundraisers, travel outside of the United States, travel costs for non-Harvard students, and any costs believed to be inconsistent with the mission and goals of the Office. All money not spent must be returned to the Office.

Funding Criteria

According to the Harvard College Queer Advisory Council (QuAC), the body tasked with awarding BGLTQ Student Life Programming grants, successful grant applications should:

  • Be specifically relevant to the BGLTQ community
  • Address the intersections of gender, gender expression, and sexual identities with other identities
  • Demonstrate engagement with different communities and/or student organizations
  • Make a meaningful contribution to life at Harvard College

Successful Grant Proposals, Fall 2016

  • 35mm: A Musical Exposition, song cycle, Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club (HRDC)
  • BGLTQ Barbeque, social event, Harvard Undergraduate Brazilian Association (HUBA)
  • Calamus, play, HRDC
  • Churros and Chats, social event, Harvard College Queer Students and Allies (QSA)
  • Fall Mentorship Mixer, social/networking event, Harvard College BGLTQ and Allied Students in the Sciences (HBASIS)
  • Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger, film screening, QSA
  • Sex Week, keynote speaker Rachel Hills and discussion panel: “Queer Shyness & Sexual Guilt,” Sexual Health, Education, and Advocacy throughout Harvard (SHEATH)

Application Process

The Office of BGLTQ Student Life runs two grant cycles a year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Proposed programming should occur in the same semester of the application deadline. Programming that occurs before its respective semester deadline, but within that same semester, is still elligible for consideration. Funding for summer programming is unavailable. 

Review Schedule 2016-2017

Application  Deadline

QuAC Meeting 

Notification Date

Fall: 10/14/2016, 5:00pm

Week of 10/17/2016

Week of 10/24/2016

Spring: 2/10/2017, 5:00pm

Week of 2/13/2017

Early March

Spring Deadline Extension:
2/24/2017, 5:00pm

Early March

Early March
Applications for grant awards include two parts: (1) Harvard University's Common Grant Application and (2) a supplemental application (updated for the Spring 2017 Deadline Extension). Both are required for grant consideration.
The Common Grant Application process is a common, project-based, online application for many different sources of funding for student organizations at Harvard College. The common application includes questions regarding the nature of the project, its expenses, and revenue streams.

The supplemental application, (updated for the Spring 2017 Deadline Extension) which is specific to the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, must be completed and emailed to following submission of the Common Grant Application. One grant application must be submitted per project.
Student organizations awarded funds are required to submit a final report to the Office no later than 30 days following the conclusion of their program. Note that organizations that fail to submit the final report will not be eligible to apply to the next cycle of the BGTLQ Student Life’s grant. 

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